County confirms 3 COVID-19 cases linked to Harlingen nursing facility

The first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a Rio Grande Valley nursing facility have been linked to Veranda Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Harlingen by Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. Three employees at the facility were confirmed as having contracted coronavirus, Treviño said in his Tuesday afternoon press conference in Brownsville. “All of these individuals are in isolation currently,” the judge said. Read the full story at valleymorningstar.com.

Hidalgo County poised to issue curfew Monday

EDINBURG — Hidalgo County has drafted a curfew, which has yet to take effect, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra. The county is expected to announce the curfew Monday. According to documents posted on the county’s website, the curfew would be implemented from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and instructs individuals within the county’s jurisdiction to stay at home and prohibits them from traveling upon any public or private property. Read more at The Monitor.com.

Rep. Gonzalez issues statement on first virus case confirmed in Texas

U.S. officials have confirmed that an evacuee from China who had been under quarantine in San Antonio has the coronavirus. The patient, who arrived at Lackland Air Force Base last week, is the 15th confirmed case in the United States and the first in Texas. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Traffic interruptions expected Friday in McAllen Friday

The city of McAllen is advising motorists of possible traffic interruptions and delays Friday. According to a city news release, traffic crews will be upgrading equipment at the intersection of 21st Street and Trenton Road on Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The city of McAllen Traffic Operations announced that traffic signals will be off at that time. For more information, contact the city of McAllen Traffic Operations Division at (956) 681-2700, and follow the City of McAllen on social media.

Starr County Sheriff’s Office investigating shooting death near Garceño

Authorities in Starr County are investigating an early morning shooting in the Garceno area that left a 34-year-old man dead. Sheriff's Office Spokesman Carlos Delgado said Starr County deputies responded at around 3:34 a.m. Thursday to shots fired in the Garceno area, a community between Roma and Rio Grande City. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Local air ambulance services now outfitted with O+

When urging the need for blood donations, Louis Corbeil recalls a helicopter flight out of Guadalajara in which an 18-year-old woman was involved in an accident that left her brain dead, a woman who was a donor and whose organs saved three people. “One pint of blood can save up to three lives,” said Corbeil, director of air medical operations for the Hidalgo County EMS’ air ambulance service, South Texas Air Med. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Ex-Brownsville city worker files suit

Hilario De Leon, a former City of Brownsville employee, is suing the city for allegedly being fired after he reported alleged assaultive and sexual harassment experienced by three females who were 16, 17 and 18 years old by a male recreational attendant employed by the city. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Decline of the Skimmers

HARLINGEN — The surf-side portrait is immediately recognizable. Black above, white below, and if the bird is in the air, chances are its severely overshot...

Docs: Money possible motive in Palmview murder

The fatal shooting of a man in Palmview may have been about a disagreement over owed money, documents indicate. The probable cause affidavit for the arrest of 44-year-old Francisco Antonio Griego reveals that the victim, 30-year-old Federico Garza, had been driving around in the area of Minnesota Road and Ruiz Street with his niece on Dec. 22 when he noticed Griego parked in front of the P and V Drive Thru at 100 S. Minnesota Road. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Former La Joya mayor arrested in fraud scheme

A public relations contract and property purchase involving wire fraud and bribery have netted La Joya’s former mayor, who authorities arrested Wednesday. Read the full story at themonitor.com.